In John 13 Jesus issues a new commandment, “Love others as I have loved you!” What’s new about love? Everybody loves someone or something. People love their pets. They love their significant others. They love the pizza from shop down the street. They love Christmas However, love in the good ole USA has become a watered down glass of iced tea. The color is still there but the taste is all gone.
In the Old Testament one of the commands says to “Love god with all your heart. In the New Testament Jesus not only commands everyone to love God, but to love their neighbors as themselves. Whatever can be said about love, it can’t be said love that live is “new.” Love has been woven into man since his Creation in the Garden of Eden.
So what is Jesus new commandment all about?
The answer lies in the word used here for “new” which is the Greek word “Kainen” which translates into the word “new” as in quality of the commandment or “fresh” as in the opportunity to do something which has never been done in quite the same way as before.
Jesus, commandment to love is no longer God saying through others I love you because you are my Creation. It is God saying to mankind I loved you so much I came and dwelt with you. Freshness is now found in the new intimacy mankind has as children of God. Freshness is also found in new standard Jesus applies, “love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus said to, “love as I have loved you.”
Just as Jesus love was self-sacrificial because he put others welfare above His own so must each Christian take every opportunity to express and receive selfless love. When Christians love one another as Jesus loved them other will know that we follow Him and that He lives.